Buckeye tree overhanging Big Darby Creek in Central Ohio.
Big Darby Creek Buckeye tree overhanging Big Darby Creek in Central Ohio. © Randall Schieber


Next Week Marks Governor’s Proposal of State Biennial Budget Bill

Will we use what we’ve experienced regarding nature’s importance to invest in its future—and our own?

Next week, Governor DeWine will unveil the state’s biennial budget bill. Its contents represent would-be state expenditures for the next two years and is a crucial opportunity to invest in protecting and restoring nature and its benefits.

The following statement can be attributed in full, or in part, to Bill Stanley, Ohio State Director for The Nature Conservancy:

“Impacts from the pandemic shined a light on the vulnerability of many social systems, from our places of gathering and work to entire cities and industries. But it also revealed another reality: that nature provides irreplaceable benefits to us all in times of strife, especially when our sense of community has been dismantled. Natural areas support our physical and mental well-being. Research shows that spending enough time in nature even makes us happier.

Nature’s worth can be quantified, too. Ohio’s lands and waters play a key role in our economy, with the outdoor recreation industry bringing $1.5 billion in annual tax revenue to our state and local governments.

So as we await release from Governor DeWine of the state’s biennial budget, we hope to see these truths upheld—through continued funding for H2Ohio, which is working to address the root causes of water quality issues through key programs housed within Ohio’s Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Department of Agriculture, and EPA, and by providing funding for our parks through state agencies like ODNR. Because investment in our natural resources is not a luxury; it is an investment in ourselves.”

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 72 countries and territories: 38 by direct conservation impact and 34 through partners, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.